(Closed) Long vs. Short?

posted 9 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
3575 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think if your ceremony is at 7pm and the guys are wearing tuxes, I would go long.  And if it’s black tie – definitely long.

Post # 4
303 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Based on the formality of your wedding, I would go with the long ones. I think short would seem too casual. Even though you want them to be able to wear it again, in all honesty, there’s a good chance they won’t. Love the color you chose!

Post # 5
1801 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think long is by far more formal looking.  We’re doing long as well.  The only drawback I’ve had is the added expense.  But to help my girls out I’m picking a dress that comes in both long and short, so they can have the bottom cut off to make it into a cute cocktail dress post-wedding.

Post # 8
865 posts
Busy bee

long is more formal which might be more fitting but you are right that typically your girls can wear their dresses again if their short.

Post # 9
1371 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think the short dresses you’ve picked are still fairly fancy-looking, so you could still get away with it as long as their shoes and accessories are formal.  However, as everyone else points out, long dresses are much more formal.  As a bridesmaid, I would rather have the short dress!

Post # 10
3162 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve been on both sides of this so here’s my (probably unhelpful) feedback.

From a bride persepctive: if the groomsmen are in tuxes the BM dresses should probably be long.

From a Bridesmaid or Best Man perspective: I hate buying long Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses.

Post # 11
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I went to an uber formal wedding last year and the BMs dresses were knee length.  I think they went fine with the formality of the wedding.  So if you like the knee length I say go with that!

Post # 12
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We went with long b/c I don’t like the pics of the BMs all lined up with their legs all bare.  It can look like a multi-headed, many-legged monster!  Haha.  I know I am wicked self-conscious of my legs (they’re kinda stubby) so when I’ve been a Bridesmaid or Best Man I’ve preferred the long dresses. 

Post # 13
1732 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think black tie definitely means long dresses.  It makes more sense to match the dress to the formality of the event than to the off chance they may wear it again.  Rewearing really never happens.

Post # 15
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

We are doing short since it’s a June wedding and keeping the dress code Formal or Cocktail attire. Even if you say Black Tie, guests are going to wear short dresses anyway so short Bmaid dresses are fine.

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